Colonel Patrick Guiney and Irish- Americans Descriptive Essay by Nicky

This paper discusses Colonel Patrick Guiney as a great Irishman and a great union patriot.
# 145776 | 841 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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In this article, the writer discusses that although prejudice against Irish-Americans was still rife in 19th century America, during the Civil War, Patrick Robert Guiney, an Irish-born immigrant, bravely fought for the preservation of the union and his adopted country. The writer looks at Guiney's life concentrating on the view of him as a great Irishman in America. The writer maintains that Guiney is a shining example of how individuals have been able to put aside the racism and ethnocentrism of their society, and still honor the core principles of the American experiment in democracy.

From the Paper:

"Guiney was born in 1835 and immigrated to America from Ireland when was a boy. His family struggled to find acceptance in Maine, and were financially destitute at times because Guiney's father could not find work because of his Irish heritage. The young Guiney's studies at Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts were cut short because of poverty, but Guiney was still able to be admitted to the bar in 1856 because of his own hard work and personal study, not unlike Abraham Lincoln, the president whom he would come to admire later in life. Guiney practiced law in Boston but joined the Union army in a regiment dominated by Irishmen."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Colonel Patrick Guiney: The good knight of Boston." The Wild Geese Today. 2003. January 23, 2009.
  • Samito, Chris. Review of The Irish General: Thomas Francis Meagher. By Paul Wylie. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007. H-net reviews. January 23, 2009.

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